Unic Press UK: The decision of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Executive Council to dissolve the National Working Committee of the party is a violation of the Committee members’ rights to a fair hearing, a respected lawyer has said.
In an interview with Premium Times, Nigeria, a Lagos-based legal practitioner Inibehe Effiong said: “The way the (NEC) decisions were taken without reference to those affected by the decisions is an infraction. The dissolution of the NWC was not taken by NEC as a disciplinary action per se. If it were a disciplinary action, it would have meant that they took that decision for a cause. They would have said we are dissolving the NWC on account of corruption, on account of anti-party activities, and so on and so forth, or on account of administrative laxity. They did not proffer any reason, they just said in order to unify the party and resolve the crisis.”
Effiong further said that the so-called oath of office taken by the caretaker committee members stands is an aberration because only “a properly appointed national officer of the party can administer the oath”. He said that members of the APC have the right to challenge in Court any breach of the party’s constitution, though he suggested that it would be better for those affected to file any Court action relating to the issue.